Thus began the journey…

Hello, my name is Anar, and I’m about to embark on my very own RTW (Round The World) trip.

I’m not much of blogger nor do I publish much content online, but I felt compelled to start a blog to document the trip I’m about to take.

Before I dive right in, let me give you a bit of background on myself. I’ve been living in New York since the age of three when my parents came from Mongolia to work for the United Nations. I have always been fascinated by travel and other cultures. The idea of traveling longer than the typical two week vacation given by most US companies consumed me. Many people in the US think there is something wrong with me: wanting to leave behind my job, city, family, friends, and apartment to roam the world as a nomad, a digital nomad.

Since I’m Mongolian, it’s pretty easy to explain that I’ve always been fixated on the nomadic way of life. I feel like I’m paying homage to my ancestors, but in 21st-century fashion and style. I also felt encouraged that many Westerners were doing the same, choosing the nomadic life over their formerly sedentary one. We must have been doing something right :)

While I thank you for following along thus far, I don’t want to make this just about myself. I would like to help other people who also want to travel like a digital nomad. I would also really appreciate input from others in the community who have more experience. I have learned so much from other contributors, and I want to use this chance to give back.

During the progression of my journey, I’ll elaborate on how I prepared for this trip, what resources were utilized, and how we can streamline the process for anyone else planning such a trip.

But, first and foremost, I think I should outline my goals for this trip:

  • Become a digital nomad leveraging my software development skills
  • Find a remote job, or a job in a country that’s not the US
  • Meet with other fellow digital nomads online and offline
  • Have the best time of my life :)

My very preliminary itinerary:

  • Southeast Asia (three months)
  • East Asia (three months)
  • South America (three months)
  • Northern Europe (three months)

Right now, I’m sitting at JFK airport in NYC to embark on my flight to Bangkok Thailand. I’ll have a layover in Taipei, Taiwan for eight hours, enough time to eat beef soup and check Taipei 101, I hope.

Once I land in Bangkok, I’ll be staying at Bed Station Hostel in the center of the city. From what I’ve seen online, it appears to be a favorite among backpackers, so I’ll also document my findings as well.

That’s as far as I’ve planned; looking forward to a trip full of excitement and adventure! Please chime in along the way about anything you like, dislike, any tips, etc. I would love to hear from you guys!

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